The last couple of months of 2016 had a batten down the hatches type feel to it with so much happening I could barely find time to breathe out let alone blog. We went to Melbourne with Hannah to meet with her cardiac surgeons and for her to have an MRI, nursed Cooper back to health after a shocking case of double pneumonia, went through the emotions of another school year ending (including some crazy big decisions I will fill you all in about later) and generally raced around like crazy as you do at this time of the year when you have children - presents to buy and wrap, school Christmas concerts to attend and the month long visit from our Elf on a Shelf, Elfie, who kept us on our toes as always. It is always the time of year where mothers everywhere desperately pray everywhere for a cloning machine! And of course piccolo had a very successful Christmas with lots of orders flying out the door, I am so incredibly grateful for the people who wait so patiently for their orders. Here is a wee peek at some of my faves that went flying out from my Etsy store to new homes - how lucky am I to be surrounded by so much pretty!
For the first quilt I need to take you back to October and my mum's 60th birthday. I knew I wanted to make her a quilt as our gift, especially as Hannah's health meant I couldn't be with her in person to celebrate. I am still funny about gifting quilts, I always hope the recipient knows how much love and work goes into each of the pieces I make, even if they don't come with a store bought receipt. It comes down to confidence I think, something I am slowly learning.
As soon as Katarina Roccarella released Lavish I knew it would make the perfect quilt for mum. Colours, prints - all of it were exactly right for her and her home decor. I also knew I needed to keep it simple to show off each of the prints as they work so beautiful together, I am never fussy with my piecing, my main aim is always just to make the fabric shine as best as possible. For quilting I used straight lines in arrow shapes - which i love on a square quilt, adds a bit of detail that normal stitch in the ditch quilting wouldn't allow. And where mum is living right now gets a wee bit chilly so I chose flannel for the back, for extra snuggle factor. Finally I used my favourite navy stripe binding because stripes!
PS a wee shout out to my quilty helpers who did a great job of holding it up for to me to photograph. I seriously had 15 minutes to grab photos so it was a rushed affair - this year photography is my absolute priority as I believe the fabrics need more attention than that just quietly!